January 15, 2010

More Problems On The Horizon For Demler

Previously, we discussed serious allegations against former Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler, and the investigations of those allegations by multiple agencies, including the district attorney, the attorney general, the FBI and the state comptroller. A story by Francine Delmonte's mouthpiece, Mark Scheer of the Niagara Gazette, details some of those allegations here. Sources are telling us that the results of those investigations are coming soon.

In the meantime, there appears to be a whole new set of problems for Demler. Word out of Wheatfield is that the little general was allegedly misusing his position as supervisor for personal financial gain. For example, we're hearing that he would go into M&T Bank once per month and ask for his overcharges on his own checking account to be erased. He supposedly used the town's account with the bank as his leverage, stating that he would remove the town's account from them if they did not deal with him in the manner he demanded. Apparently, they did this for him for quite some time until they decided not to deal any more.

The town's budget director at the time, Udit Sharma, left town for a few days on vacation and while he was gone, Demler transferred $1.2 million of town money out of M&T and moved it to First Niagara. He never told anyone and when Sharma returned, he realized that the money had been moved and asked Demler about it. Demler told him that he moved the money to get a better interest rate. Shortly after that, Sharma resigned his job, citing Demler's actions, the fact that Demler would not listen to him and that he could not sign the budget that Demler was proposing.

It has also been discovered that cell phones were given out by Demler in an inappropriate manner. Demler's parents and his daughter had cell phones provided by the town. To date, Demler and his parents have not turned their phones in to the town.

This guy has a whole lot of trouble coming his way, but he remains out there acting like he's still the supervisor. My advice to Demler would be to take a step back, analyze what's really important and be ready to answer some very difficult questions. Otherwise, the only supervision that I see in his future will be watching over the cell block.

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